tv CBS Evening News CBS August 28, 2010 2:30pm-3:00pm PST
>> u.s.a.! >> glor: tonight, tens of thousands rally in washington to hear tea party favorites glenn beck and sarah palin. that was fltd by another rally of civil rights leaders. i'm jeff glor. also tonight, katrina five years later. new orleans rebuilds homes and storm barriers while some officials rerebuild their reputations. bucked eye battlefield. what the contest in one district in one state means for the midterm elections. and fast times in laguna beach. the latest crazy in california is speed boarding. >> just try to take corners as fast as we can. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor.
>> glor: good evening. we begin tonight with two rallies in washington, and while neither was billed as political they mark two sides of a deep political divide. at the lincoln memorial, tens of thousands gathered to hear tea party favorites glenn beck and sarah palin. across town, civil rights lead leaders led by the reverend al sharpton held their own gathering. wrapping up the events tonight, nancy cordes in washington. nancy, good evening. >> reporter: jeff, good evening. according to a tally commissioned by cbs news, roughly 87,000 people gathered here at this event today, thronging both sides of the reflecting pool, stretching all the way to the world war ii memorial. that's the largest gathering here on the mall since president obama was inaugurated. >> america today begins to turn back to god! >> reporter: organizers had promised this would not be a political rally, and, indeed, it felt far more like a religious revival. >> faith, hope, and love are not dead in america!
hallelujah! >> take the sign down! >> reporter: aside from a few squirmishes at the fringes, tea party traded their protest signs for lawn chairs and beach blankets. even sarah palin kept her conservative message muted. >> we must not fundamentally transform america as some would want. we must restore america and restore her honor. >> reporter: it was all about showing washington strength in numbers >> we're here because we want our country back. we want liberty and we want the freedoms that we've always enjoyed. >> reporter: the speakers, manuel of them religious figures, praised the glory of the founding fathers, the nation's military, and glenn beck. >> servant of god, sonl of god, glenn beck. >> glenn beck is one of america's most trusted and honored citizens. >> reporter: beck, who is a converted mormon, likes to call himself a clown, but today, he played the role of ringmaster.
>> one person making a difference! >> reporter: preaching racial tolerance to the nearly all-white crowd. a change in tone from the fox news host who notoriously called president obama... >> a racist. >> i'm noticing that there aren't a lot of minorities here today. why do you think that is? >> they're probably over there with al sharpton. >> they want to disgrace this date. and we are not giving them this date! >> reporter: the reverend sharpton led a much smaller march on the mall to celebrate the 47th anniversary of martin luther king jr.'s "i have a dream" speech. >> we are a great people and a great nation, and the nation will become greater when we learn how to unify. >> reporter: in response to beck's rally, democrats hastily publicized their own made-for-tv event going door to door in three dozen cities. >> good morning. that really makes us motivated more to work more and spend more hours volunteering.
that's what's really important to us is just to be focused on getting out the vote. >> reporter: democrats are worried about an enthusiasm gap headed into the fall elections. and judging by all the conservatives who were willing to board buses and head here to washington, they should be. jeff. >> glor: all right, nancy cordes in washington. nancy, thank you. jeff greenfield is our senior political correspondent. he joins frus boston tonight. jeff, how does this rally, how does glenn beck potentially affect the november midterm elections? >> with intensity. midterm elections have a much lower turnout than presidential elections, and i think for the whole last year and a half, when weather you call it the tea party movements, or folks who don't like obama, the intensity has been, broadly speaking, on the political right. and even though it's hard to get exactly what glenn beck is about-- is he about restoring morhonor, supporting the milita, leading us out of the darkness-- the people who follow him have a
very strong sense of grievance, and i believe they're going to bring that to the polls in november and that is a danger for the democrats if they can't gin out the same kind of intensity. >> glor: jeff, speaking about that photographyance, glenn beck has said himself she "out to reclaim the civil rights movement." you were at the martin luther king speech 47 years ago. any comparisons to be made here? >> reporter: in one sense no. that was a march for jobs and freedom, a fairly specific agenda of voting rights for blacks and economic programs to get the unemployment rate down. as i said, this is a much more amorphous kind of gathering, but what's intariqing is that glenn beck and much of the tea party identify themselves with the civil rights movement. that is, they see themselves not just in a political campaign but as a exwraefed-- aggrieved citizens being oppressed by their government. and that tells us who things it's civil rights movement has become a kind of movement everybody wants to identify
with, and, again, it's that kind of passion that may have a strong preliminary impact i think come november. >> glor: jeff greenfield, always good to have your insight joining us from boston tonight. jeff, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> glor: the president sothe last day of his vacation on martha's vineyard tonight. tomorrow me goes to new orleans new orleans to mark the fifth anniversary of hurricane katrina. how much has changed since then? here's mark strassmann on katrina five years later. >> reporter: around new orleans, the rebuilding never stops. ken dorsey is among dozens of volunteers rebuilding five homes just this weekend. one for every year since katrina's misery began. >> we could see that that big thing was on top of our house. >> reporter: this big red thing, a barge that crashed through a levee and parked itself on top of dorsey's house. five years later, a new, improved system of levees and flood walls protects new orleans' neighborhoods. >> we would hope it's able to hold up.
>> reporter: it better. this house going up, protected by a levee, is ken dorsey's. now about half complete, the city's rebuilt flood-protection system will cost $14.6 billion. but by next year's hurricane season, it's supposed to be able to stop a 100-year flood. is new orleans safer? >> yeah, absolutely. >> reporter: colonel edphlegmings, the new commander of the u.s. army corps of engineers. >> it's a reliable system. it's a resilient system and it is tied in, in all areas. >> reporter: but after the levees failed, a federal judge blamed the corps for mismanaging the patc patchwork barrier systm that collapsed for creating the disaster. but it's not just the corps now rebuilding reputations. take mike brown, who found infamie in a presidential atta boy. >> brownie, you're doing a heck of a job. >> if you watch that tape again, you'll see my wince. >> reporter: this mike brown the former fema director.
>> i was asking for things, telling them what we needed. >> reporter: brown said all government agencies involved in katrina's second disaster, the response, learned a great deal from katrina. the question from ken dorsey and so many other people here whether those agencies learned enough. could katrina happen again here? >> no doubt in my mind. i believe it could. >> reporter: just because not enough has been done. >> not enough has been done. >> reporter: the corps of engineers clearly disagrees with that. but for a while, at least, when people look at a major hurricane coming ashore, they're also going to look at the rebuilt levees and wonder. jeff. >> glor: all right, mark strassmann in new orleans. mark, thank you. this is still hurricane season, of course, and while none threatened new orleans, in the atlantic there are three systems out there of varying intensity. we're joined by wfor, our miami affiliate. jeff, what are we looking at and what might we expect here? the first system is hurricane
danielle passing east of the bermuda as we speak. that's not going to be a problem. but what's going to happen is high pressure, which is steering these storms, is going to build closer to the united states so the next system that tries to come towards the united states is going to be earl, earl could strengthen into a hurricane. and we're going to have to watch for the possibility of perhaps landfall somewhere in the eastern part united states, although at this time, the national hurricane center is saying probably it will haik a turn to the east. but by then it, doesn't mean we're out of the woods because right behind that we have potentially another tropical system, fiona, and that could even take a further south track than earl. so the next week to maybe two weeks we're going to be watching these systems very carefully, especially earl and fiona, for the possibility of coming pretty close to the eastern part of the united states. >> glor: and then, jeff, even after that, hurricane season continues until noafd 30, right? >> we've just entered the peak of the season. so we expect it to be active for probably quite a while here, and typically, even october is pretty active, so we may have to
wait at least another month and a half or so to see the conditions start to get better in the atlantic. >> glor: always good to see you, jeff, thanks. >> you're welcome. >> glor: california's folsom state prison is under lockdown after a riot overnight. at least seven inmates were injured when guards opened fire at the prison near sack reporto. none of the injuries is life threatening and the cause of the riot is under investigation. hundreds of u.s. national guard troops take up position monday in arizona to bolster security along the border with mexico. one reason-- gang warfare in mexico has reached new and frightening levels. >> reporter: mexico's war among crime cartels escalated this week as rival gangs battled for control of truck ask human tracking routes. at a ranch in northern mexico, authorities discovered the worst massacre since president calderon took office in 2006.
the bodies of 73 central americans believed to be head to the u.s. blindfolded and executed. experts say the level of brutality is on the rise. >> they have no sense of fear that the governing authorities are going to come after them, hold them accountable. >> reporter: the violence is highly concentrated. more than half the country's drug-related killings are happening in seven of mexico's 32 states. the bloodiest battles are centered around key access point to the u.s. along border areas and port cities. >> they're businessmen. they're fighting over control of routes, but also access points into the world's largest market for illegal drugs. >> reporter: in an unprecedented move, the state department ordered u.s. diplomats in the northern city of monterey, a business hub with close u.s.itize, to send their children home. mexican officials have been targeted, as have journalists. the committee to protect journalists says at least 24 have been assassinated in mexico
since 2006. the u.s. is sending more than 500 national guard troops to the arizona-mexico border, but experts believe unless u.s. demand for illegal drugs and illegal workers decreases, the violence will continue. >> we need to take some responsibility and recognize that our consumption, our money, and our weapons are going back and our beings --ed in this horrific way against innocent people. >> reporter: a cycle of violence and destruction that experts say is only getting worse. elaine quijano, cbs news, new york. >> glor: coming up on tonight's cbs evening news, jobs and the economy, one race in ohio highlights key issues in the november elections.
today in two states. both parties in west virginia are picking candidates for the senate seat held by the late robert byrd. in louisiana david vitter is faifed over two challengers. an idea why democrats are deeply worried about losing congress this fall, look no further than ohio's 16th district. it was one of 48 house seats held by democrats in districts republican john mccain won two years ago. if all those seats go republican, so does the house, and that is the focus of tonight's "weekend journal: the battle in omit's 16." >> we bash all our metal. we paint all our metal. >> reporter: congressman bporks cheri is touring a manufacturing plant in north canton, ohio, where the number one issue is jobs. the unemployment rate in this district has almost doubled. he is campaigning for reelection in a district whose republican routes go back to president william mccunly and where
president obama lost to john mccain in 2008. >> at the end of the day my constituents vote are for me to be their congressman. they don't vote for the president. >> glor: this company making circuit breakers for rail lines has created 135 new jobs but that is only a fraction of the thousands jobs lost when hoover appliances pulled out years ago. >> u.s. steel, u.s. manufacturing. this is what i like to hear. >> glor: but he hears a lot about the challenges facing small businesses, especially their rising health insurance premiums. >> another 15%. so that's 46% in three years. that's outrageous. >> reporter: but he supported the president's health reform bill because he says it should increase access to care and cut costs. >> it seems like insurance companies are starting to behave like credit card companies. >companies. >> reporter: republican challenger jim renasi considers health reform a mistake. >> 85% of our problem is cost.
15% was coverage. all this bill did was take care of the coverage issue. >> reporter: a one-time mayor of a small ohio city count his 27 years as an owner of nursing homes and car democrats. >> i employed over 3,000 people. i understand what it means to create a job. >> glor: this plastics factory laid off over 50 workers. he calls for lower taxes while attacking the democrats for the ballooning federal budget deficit jiecialtion we can't have policies that basically kill jobs and also at the same time spend the amount of money we're spending and put the amount of debt we're putting on our country. >> reporter: for his part, boceri has sponsored thraigz slaigz to reward businesses for tax credits for hiring the long-term unemployed, but his voting record is under attack. >> he voted against and then for nationalized health care and voted for the stimulus bill. >> he is representing nancy pelosi right now, and that's a problem. >> glor: he argues his voting record is moderate, saying he sided with house republicans in
tonight, officials say u.s. and afghan troops fought off insurgents wearing american uniforms who attacked two nato bases in bases in khost. 20 of the insurgents were killed, three u.s. troops killed in other fighting in the south and east. back in the u.s., authorities in tennessee are calling it arson. a fire overnight at the future site of a proposed islamic center and mosque. the fire destroyed construction equipment. socialite paris hilton is in trouble again, charged with cocaine possession. authorities in las vegas said the 29-year-old hilton was arrested last night after police officers smelled marijuana coming from her car. cocaine was found in her purse, they say. the first pictures tonight of a new addition to the family of the british prime minister david cameron. florence rode endellion cameron was born on tuesday. endellion is on honor of the village where camerons were
banned. >> reporter: they're skateboards on steroids. the latest craze from-- did you guess-- southern california. >> it's awesome. >> reporter: it's called speedboarding, emphasis on "speed." >> the faster you go, the more fun you're always going to have so speed is the best element of the entire sport. >> reporter: riders on long skateboards dodge traffic on laguna's steep and twisting canyon roads. >> i've gotten up to low sects, just trying to take corners as fast as we kfaster than cars do. >> reporter: but it's become a fast-growing problem for drivers. >> i just stop the car and i just lectured two of the kids. if they were my own, i would have a fit. it's the most dangerous thing. >> reporter: and for local residents, like fred wolf. he walks these hills every day. >> you do have issues about whether a skateboarder is going
to collide with you. >> it's called speedboarding and that's what we're look to ban. >> reporter: alan bernstein is leading the speedboard backlash. >> the community has turned into a race track. nobody wants a race track without actually voting for it. >> reporter: concerned about liability, at least two other southern california cities have already banned speedborders from city streets, encouraging the riders instead to head to skate parks like this one. in laguna these days, it seems everyone is on edge. 13-year-old roger jones says an angry driver recently ran him off the road. >> the guy floored at me and my friend. i asked why did you do that and he said because you're a men too soon society and this should be illegal. >> reporter: it's turned into a classic california clash-- young daredevils. >> we all wear helmets. we all have our gloves. we do know how to stop and we have our limits. >> reporter: versus cautious
adults. >> can anybody say this is actually safe? >> reporter: both sides can agree on one thing... >> it's exciting. >> reporter: city officials meet next month to decide whether it's the end of the road for these death-deifying thrill rides. >> glor: that is the cbs evening news tonight. russ mitchell is reporting from new orleans tomorrow night. i'm jeff glor, cbs news in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org you could tell even back in early 1999 when ebay...
was a small company that meg-- meg knew what she was doing. she has this ability to come to a very confusing situation, take a look and figure out what the right thing to do is. there was no playing things loose or close to the edge. we were going to do things the right way... because ultimately, that's the way you build a company to last. she was always asking us to be as efficient as possible, to be as frugal as possible. she gets in at the heart of the issue... and she'll bring people together to resolve a problem. she's a problem solver. she listens to people around her and she will seek... different and often conflicting points of view. she makes people feel heard and makes them feel valued. but, ultimately she's looking to make the right decision. we can fix california, no question about it. it's going to take a different style of leadership, it's going to take a different approach, but we can make california great again.